Happy Monday! Instead of being at school, I’m currently laying in bed after 14+ hours of sleep feeling a little sick, a little dizzy.. so what better time to do some blogging than now? 😛
Today I thought I’d do a more personal post. I’ve been posting so many restaurant reviews that I’ve sorta neglected the theme of my blog. Yes, it’s more or less a food blog. But it wasn’t my intention to limit it to restaurant reviews, but also a overall healthy lifestyle in life, which includes a healthy balance of not only good food, but also good sleep, academic success, social life…. Although for the longest time, I’ve only been able to achieve two out of the three, my goal is to maintain all three.
I’m more of less referring to this meme here. x’D
So today, I’ll be rambling on about my post-secondary plans! I’m constantly inspired by Cindy @CookiesnChem, who always seems to be on top of her game! She’s a first-year uni student now, and yet she manages to be so active with her blog. I also hope that in my uni years, I’ll be able to share with everyone my experience, while expanding and growing my blog.
What am I doing next year?
Deciding on my faculty has been my biggest struggle for the past 2-3 years or so.. I knew where my interest lies- health sciences– but I was seriously bogged down with all the options and also my parents’ preferences- pharmacy/ medicine.. It wasn’t an easy choice, although in the end I went with my biggest passion- nutrition. 😀
At the beginning (meaning Grade 10-11ish), I aimed for pharmacy school. It was a very competitive field and I definitely worked my butt off in Grade 11 with my honour classes. I ended up with pretty good grades and I was quite satisfied. But it was also this year that I completely lost myself to studying. In easier terms, I just had no social life and all I really did was study. 😛 My friends wouldn’t even bother asking me when they hung out because they knew my answer would be no.. Despite my academic achievements and my family’s approval, I was rather unhappy.
In Grade 12, this year. I knew I needed a change. I asked myself seriously what I wanted and even though I wasn’t 100% it was nutrition at the time (I still don’t), I knew for sure that pharmacy was not something I wanted to pursue. It only became my goal because of the expectations set on me and my own ambition. I had grades good enough for pharmacy or perhaps even med school, so why would I turn to nutrition.. a major most people seek as a second choice?
But now, I don’t really care. Because I know that I enjoy learning about nutrition and no matter how good my grades are or how qualified I am for something, if I don’t have the passion for it, it’ll be dull and meaningless.
So I looked up all the universities in Canada (I already x’ed out the US because a) I wasn’t gonna cram for SAT b) expensive and c) I just love Canada too much), and I made McGill University my ultimate goal. Other schools that offered nutrition include Western, UBC, and U of A, but McGill was the only place I wanted to go to.
It wasn’t long till I had another crisis. Am I really ready to leave everything behind to pursue McGill, moving to the other side of the country? In the back of my head, I knew my parents wanted me to stay and I truthfully only wanted to go to McGill as a mean of escape. (Gotta save that story for another time.. xD) Long story short, I clicked out of my application for McGill on the very last page where I had to make my payment.
I applied to my local universities- University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University- and as a backup plan in the neighbouring province, University of Alberta. I’m super happy because I received offers for all 3 of these amazing universities, and entrance scholarships for 2 of them!
UBC! I didn’t receive a scholarship here.. but compared to SFU it has the nutrition program I wanted and compared to U of A, well.. I can save a lot of $$ just by living at home. 😛 Besides, I’ve been here on several occasions and I gotta say, I love this campus! I can’t wait to be nesting in the student nest hehehe.
Almost bought the UBC hoodie when I attended an event there last week too but it’s a bit expensive, so I’ll wait till the freshman sale at the beginning of the school year. (;
I’m admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition & Health in UBC’s Faculty of Land Food Systems. There’s a lot of majors to pick from and atm I’m pretty set on Dietetics Major.. but who knows where God will take me in life. (: If there’s one thing I learned from the past few years, it’s definitely to be open-minded.
[My spiritual journey is a significant aspect of my life that I’m eager to share at a later time as well!]
How sweet of the professor to include a hand-written note too?! Definitely made my day when I received the package in the mail.
Since I have the energy to write up a blog post, I have no excuse to not study either.. homegirl has a bio test on Weds. ): Wishing you an amazing week ahead!